Bengals Lose Exhibition Opener, Irons Injured

Johnson catches 2 passes in Lions' 27-26 win over Bengals

DETROIT (AP) - Calvin Johnson showed a glimpse of what's to come from the Number Two pick in the NFL draft.

Johnson caught two passes for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and the Detroit Lions rallied late to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-26 tonight night in the exhibition opener for both teams.

Cincinnati led 26-17 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lions won the battle of third- and fourth-string players.

Carson Palmer completed seven of 10 passes for 93 yards to set up two field goals on his only two drives, totaling 121 yards. The Bengals held Detroit's first-string defense to just three first downs on its two possessions.

Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh each caught two of Palmer's passes, combining for 74 yards.

It wasn't all good news for the Bengals. Rookie running back Kenny Irons injured his foot and had to be carted off the field.

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